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IWRI

Indigenous Research Trainees


IHART - Cohort 1

Tessa Evans-Campbell, PhD (Snohomish)

Executive Co-Director, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute

Charles O. Cressey Endowed Associate Prof., School of Social Work, University of Washington

tecamp@uw.edu

Michelle Johnson-Jennings, PhD (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma)

Executive Co-director, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute

Professor, University of Washington School of Social Work

Director, Environmentally based Health & Land-based Healing, IWRI

IHART - Cohort 2

Daniel Dickerson, DO, MPH, (Inupiaq)

Associate Research Psychiatrist, UCLA, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs

Tommi Gaines, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease and Global Public Health, University of California San Diego

IHART - Cohort 3

Ramona Beltrán, PhD, MSW (Chicana, Indigenous Mexican descent)

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver

IHART2 - Cohort 2016

Myra Parker, JD, PhD (Mandan & Hidatsa)

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington

Director, Seven Directions, Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors

myrap@uw.edu

Vanessa Simonds, ScD (Crow Tribe)

Associate Professor, Community Health, Montana State University

Angela Walden, PhD (Cherokee Nation)

Clinical Assistant Professor, Institute for Juvenile Research, Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago

IHART2 - Cohort 2017

Felicia M. Mitchell, PhD (Chickasaw, Black, White

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Arizona State University

Misty Pacheco, DrPH (Hawaiian, Japanese, White)

Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Exercise Science Department, Health Promotion track, University of Hawaii at Hilo

Margaret Robinson, PhD (Mi’kmaw from Eski’kewaq, Nova Scotia, and Member, Lennox Island First Nation)

Assistant Professor, Indigenous Studies in the Department of Sociology & Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University

IHART2 - Cohort 2018

Richard Armenta, PhD (Pascua Yaqui/Latino),

Assistant Professor, Health Science/Kinesiology, California State University San Marcos

rarmenta@csusm.edu

Peter Mataira, PhD (Maori)

MSW Program Director and Associate Professor, Hawai'i Pacific University College of Health and Society - School of Social Work

pmataira@hpu.edu

Eugenia Millender, PhD (Indigenous Afro-Latina (Kuna/Guna)

Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Florida State University

Matthew Town, PhD, MPH (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma)

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health, Pacific University Oregon

IHART2- Cohort 2019

Melessa Kelley, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin

M. Crystal Lee, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, College of Population Health, The University of New Mexico

INSPIRE - Cohort 1

Danica Brown, PhD, MSW (Choctaw)

Behavioral Health Manager, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board

Pilot Project, Every Day is Ceremony: Accessing Traditional Indigenous Knowledge to Heal Trauma and Improve Health and Wellbeing in Tribal Communities

Primary mentor, Melissa Walls, PhD, Associate Professor, International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Carolyn Camplain, J.D. (Comanche, non-tribally affiliated)

Assistant Professor, Indigenous Health Law and Policy, Lehigh University

Pilot Project, Health and Healthcare in Tribal Jails: Physical, Mental, and Behavioral Health and Healthcare in the Hualapai Tribal Jails

Primary Mentor, Wadiya Udell, Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington Bothell

Jennifer Richards, PhD, MPH (Diné/Lakota/Taos)

Assistant Scientist, Center for American Indian Health, John Hopkins University

Primary mentor, Michelle Sarche, PhD, Associate Professor, Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health Department of Community & Behavioral Health Indian Center, Colorado School of Public Health

INSPIRE - Cohort 2

Antonia R.G. Alvarez, LMSW, PhD

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Portland State University

Pilot Project, Harvest Season: Developing a Conceptual Model from the Binhi Food Sovereignty Project

Primary Mentor, Michelle Johnson-Jennings, PhD, Professor, School of Social Work, University of Washington

Angela Fernandez, PhD, MPH, LCSW (Menominee)

Program Officer, NIMHD

Withdrew from INSPIRE,

Primary Mentor, Lonnie Nelson, Associate Professor, Washington State University College of Nursing

Joanna La Torre, LCSW

Doctoral student, School of Social Work, University of Washington

Primary Mentor, Karina L. Walters, PhD, Professor, School of Social Work, University of Washington

Jessica Saniġaq Ullrich, PhD (Nome Eskimo Community)

Assistant Professor , Washington State University, iREACH Program

Pilot Project, Co-Developing a Connectedness Curriculum for Personal and Collective Wellbeing

Primary Mentor, Dolores Subia Bigfoot, PhD, Professor, Pediatrics University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

INSPIRE - Cohort 3

Tess Abrahamson-Richards, MPH (Spokane)

PhD Student, School of Social Work, University of Washington

Primary Mentor, Annjeanette Belcourt, Professor, Native American Studies Chair, University of Montana

Matthew R. Frank, MPH, MSW (Navajo Nation)

PhD student, School of Social Work, University of Washington

Primary Mentor, Tommi Gaines, DrPH, Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health School of Medicine University of California San Diego

Amanda Hunter, PhD, MPH (Pascua Yaqui)

Assistant Professor, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University

Primary Mentor, Professor, Medicine, Psychology, and Epidemiology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Seratha R. Largie, MSW (Navajo)

PhD Student, School of Social Work, University of Washington

Primary Mentor, Michelle Sarche, PhD, Professor, Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, Colorado School of Public Health

Faith Price, MS, MA (Assonet Band of Wampanoag descent)

Community Prevention Coordinator, All Nations Health Center, Missoula, MT

PhD student, Prevention Science, Washington State University

Primary Mentor, John Lowe, RN, PhD, Professor, School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin

Lalaine (Lainey) Sevillano, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor, Portland State University

Primary Mentor, Melissa Walls, PhD, Bloomberg Associate Professor of American Health, Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health

Rose Wimbish-Tompkins, PhD, MSN, RN (Haliwa-Saponi)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin

Primary Mentor, Julie Baldwin, PhD, Regents' Professor of Health Sciences, Northern Arizona University

INSPIRE - Cohort 4

Damian Chase-Begay, PhD (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation)

Associate Research Professor, University of Montana

Kilohana Haitsuka, MSW (Native Hawaiian)

PhD Student, School of Social Work, University of Washington

Felix Muniz, BS, MA (Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community)

PhD Student, Quantitative Research Methods, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University

Blanca-Azucena Pacheco, PhD (Xinka Pueblo)

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Denver School of Social Work

ISMART-Cohort 1

Danica Brown, PhD, MSW (Choctaw)

Behavioral Health Manager, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board

Pilot Project, Every Day is Ceremony: Accessing Traditional Indigenous Knowledge to Heal Trauma and Improve Health and Wellbeing in Tribal Communities

Primary mentor, Melissa Walls, PhD, Associate Professor, International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

E. Roberto Orellana, PhD

Professor, School of Social Work, University of Washington

Director , LUNA Program

Affiliated Faculty, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute

PhD Program Director, School of Social Work, University of Washington

Katie Schultz, PhD, MSW (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma)

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Michigan

Matthew Town, PhD, MPH (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma)

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health, Pacific University Oregon

ISMART-Cohort 2

Shanondora Billiot, PhD (United Houma Nation)

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Arizona State University

Angela Fernandez, PhD, MPH, LCSW (Menominee)

Program Officer, NIMHD

Withdrew from INSPIRE,

Primary Mentor, Lonnie Nelson, Associate Professor, Washington State University College of Nursing

Raven Ross, PhD

Evaluation and Efficiency Officer, Office of Quality, Indian Health Service

Ciwang Teyra, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, National Taiwan University

ISMART-Cohort 3

Jessica Black, PhD, MSW (Gwich’in Athabascan)

Assistant Professor, Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Emma Elliott-Groves, PhD, MSW (Cowichan)

Assistant Professor, College of Education, University of Washington

Migis Gonzalez, PhD, MPH

Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Family Medicine and BioBehavioral Health, Medical School, University of Minnesota, Duluth

Melissa Lewis, PhD (Cherokee Nation)

Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Missouri

Miriam Valdovinos, PhD

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Social Work University of Denver

ISMART-Cohort 4

Ashleigh Coser (Muscogee (Creek), Choctaw, and Chickasaw Nations)

Psychologist, Cherokee Nation Health Services

Laverne Demientieff, LMSW, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, University of Alaska Fairbanks

ISMART-Cohort 5

Antonia R.G. Alvarez, PhD, LMSW (Mestiza Pinay)

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Portland State University

Ashley Cole, PhD (Citizen Potawatomi Nation)

Assistant Professor, Psychology, Oklahoma State University

Jerreed Ivanich, M.S. (Alaskan Native – Tsimshian)

Assistant Professor, Colorado School of Public Health

ISMART-Cohort 6

Ricky Camplain, PhD

Assistant Professor, Center for Health Equity Research, Northern Arizona University

Charles Lea, PhD

Assistant Professor, Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston

Araceli Orozco, MSW (Mexican Indigenous)

PhD Candidate, School of Social Work, University of Washington, Seattle

Sarah Rhoades-Kerswill, PhD (Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma)

Psychologist, Chickasaw Nation Department of Family Services

ISMART-Cohort 7

Lisa M. Colon

Doctoral student, Adjunct Faculty, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver

Emily Loerzel, MSW

PhD Candidate, School of Social Work, University of Washington

Helen Russette

PhD student, School of Public and Community Health Sciences, University of Montana

Jessica Saniġaq Ullrich, PhD (Nome Eskimo Community)

Assistant Professor , Washington State University, iREACH Program

Pilot Project, Co-Developing a Connectedness Curriculum for Personal and Collective Wellbeing

Primary Mentor, Dolores Subia Bigfoot, PhD, Professor, Pediatrics University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Evan J. White, PhD

Associate Investigator, Laureate Institute for Brain Research

Itzá - Cohort 1

Angelique Day, PhD (Hochunk)

Associate Professor, UW School of Social Work

Faculty, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute

Christopher Kemp, PhD (Māori)

Assistant Scientist , Johns Hopkins University

E. Roberto Orellana, PhD

Professor, School of Social Work, University of Washington

Director , LUNA Program

Affiliated Faculty, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute

PhD Program Director, School of Social Work, University of Washington

LUNA - Cohort 1

Ramona Beltrán, PhD, MSW (Chicana, Indigenous Mexican descent)

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver

Tvli Jacob, PhD, MPH (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma)

Clinical Assistant Professor, Center for Health Sciences (CHS) Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Oklahoma State University

Dissemination and Implementation Director, Center for Health Sciences (CHS) Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Oklahoma State University

Christina Oré, DrPH

Senior Advisor, Seven Directions, Center for the Study of Health & Risk Behaviors, University of Washington

LUNA - Cohort 2

Oliver Bear Don’t Walk, MS (Apsáalooke)

PhD Student, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University, New York City

Joshua Brown, MPH (Salish, Nakoda, Aaniiih)

PhD student, Anthropolgy, University of Montana

Jill Greendeer, M.A., M.S. (Ho-Chunk)

PhD student, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota

Kyle Hill, PhD, MPH (Ojibwe, Dakota, Lakota)

Assistant Scientist, John Hopkins University Center for American Indian Health, Great Lakes Hub

Lynn Mad Plume, MPH (Blackfeet)

PhD student, Indigenous Studies, University of North Dakota

Diversity & Equity Coordinator, School of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of North Dakota

Candy Martinez, M.A. (Zapotec)

PhD. candidate, Latin America Latino Studies, UC Santa Cruz

Felix Muniz, BS, MA (Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community)

PhD Student, Quantitative Research Methods, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University

Araceli Orozco, MSW (Mexican Indigenous)

PhD Candidate, School of Social Work, University of Washington, Seattle

LUNA - Cohort 3

Chase Bryer, MSW (Chickasaw)

PhD Candidate, Diversity Fellow , Brown University

Santino Giovanni Camacho (CHamoru)

PhD Student, School of Social Work, University of Washington

Kilohana Haitsuka, MSW (Native Hawaiian)

PhD Candidate, School of Social Work , University of Washington

Awapuhi Lee, MS (Native Hawaiian)

MD Candidate , University of Hawaii at Mānoa

Mahina Cohort 2017

Santino Giovanni Camacho (CHamoru)

PhD Student, School of Social Work, University of Washington

Mahina Cohort 2018